Swedish DJ Avicii performed at Toronto’s Rogers Centre last Saturday night as a part of his True Tour and put on a show that illustrated why he has become one of the world’s best known DJ’s and internationally recognized as a success. In short, Avicii didn’t just put on a concert; he hosted a party.
The evening commenced with Canadian DJ OVERWERK who did a great job at opening the dance-filled night and was later followed by the second act, Spencer Brown, whose beats were slightly mundane and seemingly droned on for way too long. Yet despite how repetitive his set sounded, it did in fact provide for the anticipation of Avicii’s arrival to rise exponentially as everyone began craving familiar beats and sounds.
Avicii only came on at 11pm, and right before he made his appearance all that could be heard was a pulsing noise that sounded like a heartbeat. As it got faster and faster, the crowd grew louder, screaming with excitement.
From the viewpoint of the seats to the floor, seeing the crowd’s response to Avicii was phenomenal. The coloured lights shone over the crowd so they appeared as one entity as they pulsed and moved in sync to the music.
Avicii began doing this thing, but most of his initial tunes were unrecognizable in the sense that he blended bits and pieces of them together so quickly yet smoothly you really couldn’t stop to identify them. Throughout his set he played his own mixes of other artists’ songs such as “Don’t You Worry Child”, “Sweet Nothing”, and “My Feeling For You.” He also played some of the tracks off his newest album, True, including “Liar Liar”, “Hey Brother” and “Wake Me Up.”
To my surprise, the audience largely consisted of rather young high school kids that were wearing extremely questionable and miniscule outfits. Another memorable aspect of the night was that there was an excess of people being kicked out or sent to the hospital and The Toronto Star reported that the Rogers Centre medical staff were so overwhelmed with the number of people requiring medical assistance they had to call Toronto’s EMS.
Despite all of this, Avicii’s use of special affects like lights, pyrotechnics, smoke and fireworks contributed to the overall intensity of the night and it was so incredibly apparent that he absolutely loves what he does.
His smile never left his face and he sang along to every word of every track he played. His hands were constantly stretched out to the crowd the entire time, and they reached right back. While he was up there living dreams, we were down in the crowd living them right with him.
He had the ability to harness the energy of 20,000 people and give it right back to them in such a powerful way. He and his music made you feel so alive the entire time, and that’s exactly why it was such a great night. Avicii’s show wasn’t just a concert; it was an experience.